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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, close to three-fifths of Child, Family, or School Social Workers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $36K annually. Earnings generally vary between $25K and $53K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female Child, Family, or School Social Workers far outnumber their male contemporaries in the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (?
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$27,150 - $53,341
(Median)
27K
36K
44K
53K
MEDIAN: $35,823
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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salary (?
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$9.61 - $24.68
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,150 - $53,341  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,825 - $52,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 402
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $24.68  
   
Overtime
$8.29 - $48.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,750  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,825 - $52,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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Job Description for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Child, family, or school social workers help support children who may be at risk due to circumstances at home, school, or other environments. As advocates for the children, the social worker acts as a liaison between various institutions, families, and the child. Typically, the social worker either identifies an at-risk child or is called in by some authority that has made this determination. The social worker works with the family to help create the best environment for the child, while assessing all health and psychological risks. Social workers in a school environment are typically charged with determining which students may be at risk and work with other teachers and counselors to aid the student and administer testing to help fully diagnose the extent of the student's needs.
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Child, Family, or School Social Worker Tasks
  • Work with parents, teachers, community organizations, internal partners, etc. on behalf of clients.
  • Carry out various administrative tasks in support of client service.
  • Address client needs (mental, social, educational, etc.) on an individual basis.

Common Career Paths for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

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For Child, Family, or School Social Workers, career progression to an Non-Profit Executive Director role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Non-Profit Executive Director, an upper-level role, can earn $59K annually. A common career progression for a Social Worker is to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a MSW Social Worker. Compared to Child, Family, or School Social Workers, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Job skills reported by Child, Family, or School Social Workers are limited. Counseling and Case Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Case Management is often linked with knowledge of Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Child, Family, or School Social Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $33K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $37K. Child, Family, or School Social Workers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. As Child, Family, or School Social Workers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average sum in this group is $50K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise roughly one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$35,000
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With a pay rate for Child, Family, or School Social Workers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Child, Family, or School Social Workers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+1 percent).

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Experience Affects Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$35,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Child, Family, or School Social Worker Salaries

Case Management
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National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 17%